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Mobile data surpasses voice traffic for the first time.

March 24th, 2010

Wireless equipment maker Ericsson, announced via this video that Mobile data bits traveling around the world outnumbered voice traffic during December of 2009. Worryingly, that data traffic was generated by an estimated 400 million smartphones set against 4.6 billion mobile subscribers making voice calls.

There will definitely be a need for wireless carriers to continue to upgrade their networks for the increasing demand. Almost every business should be exploring how they can use mobile broadband solutions to increase productivity for teleworkers, sales people, road warriors etc.

TelcoiQ can assist your company in understanding your options for mobile solutions from all of the major wireless carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile & Verizon.

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Will Businesses Want Apple’s iPad?

March 24th, 2010

Business Week has an article today discussing business demand for Apple’s iPad.

“More than half of mobile-phone users surveyed recently by Zogby International said they would use a tablet device such as the iPad for working outside the office, according to mobile software maker Sybase (SY), which commissioned the survey of 2,443 adult cell-phone users.

Apple iPad for Business

Of respondents, 52.3% said they would most likely use a tablet for work, compared with 48.2% who said they’d use an iPad-like device for watching movies and TV, and 35.4% who said they’d play games on their tablet. The findings reflect “unexpected emphasis on the iPad’s suitability for work-related activities, and…the iPad’s potential value to information workers,” Dublin (Calif.)-based Sybase said in a Mar. 23 statement.”

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Paetec upgrades MPLS Network offering with Intrusion Detection in the cloud

March 23rd, 2010
Paetec MPLS

Paetec

One of our carrier partners, Paetec announced Monday the general availability of its new managed network Intrusion Detection and Prevention System (IDPS) for customers of its MPLS services. Since IDPS resides within PAETEC’s MPLS network, there is no need for on-site equipment installation or upgrades and the product protects all sites on the network, not just one. This follows a major trend in MPLS Networks of carriers offering more services in the cloud. Network based Firewall, Hosted VoIP and Spam Filtering are other solutions that are available as optional services on a MPLS Network. Telco iQ can assist you with MPLS quotes from leading providers like Paetec, AT&T, Qwest, Verizon, Time Warner, and XO.

Sprint launches 4G Ad. Hints at taking a “bite” out of Apple.

March 22nd, 2010

Sprint is focused on exploiting their lead in US 4G coverage for all its worth. This new ad shows a iPhone owner using 4G via Sprint’s Overdrive mobile hotspot. Sprint’s 4G is currently available in 25 markets.

I could see this as a cost effective solution for SOHOs or mobile workers that are always on the go and need dependable Wi-Fi. It will be interesting to see how many people opt for the relatively high costs of an iPhone data plan plus the $59.95/month for the 4G service. It certainly makes sense for small businesses that may already use broadband data cards to replace them with the Sprint MiFi.

Google makes it easier to migrate from Microsoft Exchange

March 19th, 2010

Good news coming out of Google on companies looking to migrate from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps.

Here at Telco iQ we migrated from Exchange to Google Apps for email alomst 1 year ago. It is not perfect and I still use Outlook because of some of the plug-ins like Xobni and GotoMeeting, but I think it has a lot of promise. Like many SMB’s we realize the cost savings and efficiencies that can be gained with applications in the Cloud.

Applications like Salesforce.com & Google Apps allow us to focus on our core business and provide a great overall value.

Google Apps

Google Apps

AT&T’s C.O.W. (Cellphone Tower on Wheels)

March 18th, 2010

Via [Rocketboom]:

The End of Unlimited Wireless Data?

March 15th, 2010

Well, maybe not – but it’s a reasonable question.

Despite increasingly crowded wireless networks, unlimited voice and data plan pricing has been trending downward.  At present, every national carrier in the US offers its own flavor of “all you can eat” service, with Sprint touting the cheapest offering ($69.99/mo).

Recent comments from the top brass at Verizon and AT&T may indicate a predictable departure from this trend.  While per MB pricing has been a persistent reality for users that occasionally roam internationally, tiered data packages are likely to replace the one size fits all paradigm that’s emerged in the US market.

[Gizmodo]

Generic Management & Fragmented Supply Chains

March 2nd, 2010

Stephen Morris is freelance writer and guest contributor to Network Noise.

We live in an era of increasingly fragmented supply chains. What does that mean? Well, when you buy pretty well any electronic device from a sat nav to an iPhone or iPod touch you no longer tend to have a one-stop shop experience. Gone are the days when you paid over your hard-earned dollars and received a shrink-wrapped package containing all the goodies you need!

Instead, for many such devices nowadays, you may have to separately purchase an AC charger. It’s the same story when you want to download additional software for the devices, e.g., look at the hugely successful iPhone app market. Ditto for extra maps on sat nav devices. Read the rest of this entry »

Demystifying MPLS Pricing – Part 1: The Local Loop

February 21st, 2010

During our recent “Making the Transition to MPLS” webinar, an attendee commented on how complicated comparing MPLS pricing across carriers can be.  It’s a concern we’ve heard before, and we wanted to devote a few posts to the subject.  We’ll start by explaining the basic parts of every MPLS quote.

MPLS Local Loops:
Local Loops are the  connections between any location and the nearest providers Point of Presence (POP).  Also commonly refereed to as the “last mile”, local loops costs generally depend upon distance.  For locations within the US,  your last mile provider is likely AT&T, Verizon or Qwest. These providers are collectively refereed to as Local Exchange Carriers (LECs).  For a small percentage of locations, the last mile provider may be a smaller company  like Embarq or Windstream. These Independent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) typically operate in smaller regional markets.